National Liqueur Day - October 16

National Liqueur Day – October 16


Today celebrates the countless types and flavors of liqueur as it is  National Liqueur Day, which is celebrated every year on October 16.

The word liqueur comes from the Latin liquifacere (“to liquefy”).

A liqueur is an alcoholic beverage which is made from a distilled spirit that has been flavored with fruit, cream, berbs, spices, flowers or nuts and is then bottled with added sugar or other sweetener.  Typically quite sweet, liqueurs are usually not aged long however, there is a resting period during their production to allow the flavors to marry.

With as many spirits that are available today in flavored form (e.g. flavored vodka), there is often confusion of liqueurs and liquors.  In the United States and Canada, spirits are often called “liquor”.   The most reliable rule of thumb to follow is that liqueurs are quite sweet and are often syrupy in consistency, while liquors are not.  Most of the liqueurs have a lower alcohol content than spirits however, some do contain as much as 55% ABV.

In some parts of the United States, liqueurs may also be called cordials or schnapps.

Liqueurs are historical descendants of herbal medicines; they were made in Italy as early as the 13th century and were often prepared by monks. (Wikipedia) 


Go out for a drink with friends and order some liqueur. (Remember to always drink responsibly and to never drink and drive) Post on social media using #NationalLiqueurDay to encourage others to do the same.


Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Liqueur Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.


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